The Typing Institute of America is dedicated to the establishment and maintenance of acceptable standards for typing. This includes standard keyboard typing, English language general certification, as well as specialized forms of typing such as transcription, 10 key, etc. There are also subsets of specialized typing. For example, transcription includes medical transcription, legal transcription, insurance transcription and so on.
Much of the research and study for our standards dates back to the 1950’s and 1960’s when the world’s leading expert, Dr. Alan Lloyd, wrote several books on the subject. More recent research has been conducted and has enhanced Dr. Lloyd’s findings.
Typing skills are often learned in our educational facilities or with software packages purchased at a wide variety of places. With the advent of the internet many people have found online resources to practice and improve their skills. Many of these websites are poorly constructed and the lessons are largely ineffective.
More importantly, most online services do not provide scoring and testing based upon acceptable standards that employers and other interested parties can verify and rely on.
The Typing Institute of America currently recognizes only one Internet based training organization for adhering to the English language general certification standards as well as other standards set by the Institute. Visitors and employers can find that organization’s information and link on this site.